thelodgeflowerandcraft web page

Snowy Day Workshop

           

Had a lovely day yesterday with Jaz who came along for a one to one workshop – a Christmas present from her aunt and rather appropriately it snowed all day. With oodles of cream roses, wax flowers, lisianthus and eucalyptus to play with we had great fun making flower crowns and bridal bouquets fit for a snow princess.

 

thelodgeflowerandcraft web page

Carriages of Cambridge – Events Venue

Image may contain: people sitting, table, drink and indoorImage may contain: outdoorImage may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

Visited a great new local events venue in Fenstanton today, it’s called ‘Carriages of Cambridge’ it’s situated in the grounds of Bannolds display gardens in Fenstanton. The carriages are a great place for afternoon tea and this unique events space is also available for private hire. The four beautifully refurbished Pullman railway carriages are finished to a very high standard and offer a variety of seating options. There’s a station, signal box and they even have there own walled kitchen garden to grow all their own produce. They open for business tomorrow Tuesday 13th February, we wish them well with their new adventure…for more information visit FB @Carriages Of Cambridge​ we wish them well with their new adventure…………………

thelodgeflowerandcraft web page

Sunny Sunflower facts……..

 

Did you know Sunflowers are the only flower with the name flower in its name!!!

“Helianthus” is the scientific name for a Sunflower, Helia for Sun and Anthus for Flower.

Sunflowers are said to be the symbol of faith, loyalty and adoration.

They follow the movement of the sun across the sky from east to west, and this process is known as  heliotropism.

Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants on an average they grow up to 8-12 feet within six months.

The Guinness world record for the tallest sunflower is 25 feet 5 ½ inches, grown by M Heijims in Oirschot, Netherlands in1986.

The Sunflower with largest flower head is 32 ¼ inches in diameter (measured from the outer tip of the petal on one side to the outer tip of the petal on the opposite side), was grown by Emily Martin in Maple Ridge, British Columbia,  Canada in 1983.

 

 

 

thelodgeflowerandcraft web page

British Flower Week

Its British Flower Week....To celebrate I visited the gardens at The Manor, Hemingford Grey, it's a quintessentially English garden, backing on to the river Ouse, It's a joy to explore the gardens and despite the heat there are still plenty of gorgeous classic English rose blooms to be found.....

thelodgeflowerandcraft web page

A Carpet of Blue Flowers……

It’s that time of year when the woodlands become a carpet of blue flowers, the Bluebell is probably Britain’s best known wild flower. They thrive in ancient woodlands which offer shade in the summer, and shelter in the winter.

Bluebells are a protected species and many conservation groups work to conserve their habitats, Unfortunately though they are under threat from an impostor, the Spanish bluebell – The plants are very similar, although the Spanish version is usually paler than our native species and has upright flowers all around the stem. These flowers give it a more upright appearance than the English bluebells, which have flowers arranged on one side of the stem, giving them the characteristic droop.

Did you Know…….

• Bluebells can also be white. These rare flowers lack the pigment that gives the bluebells their distinctive colour.

• 71% of native bluebells are found in broad-leaved woodland or scrub.

• The biggest threats to bluebells are habitat loss and uprooting of the bulbs for gardens.

• The bulbs produce an extremely sticky substance which was once used to stick the pages in books and the feathers on arrows.

• Bluebells are an important early food flower for bees, hoverflies and butterflies which feed on nectar.

• It takes at least five years for a seed to grow into a bulb.

thelodgeflowerandcraft web page

Spring Is Here…….

Spring is here and with it comes a wide array of colorful flowers, tulips are a great favourite and come in just about every colour possible (except a true blue). A few fun facts about the humble tulip:

  • There are over 3,000 varieties worldwide
  • Red tulips symbolise “Love”
  • White Tulips say “I’m sorry”
  • In the 1600s tulips were the most expensive flower in the world costing almost ten times the average working mans salary and were the cause of an economic crash in the Netherlands.
  • During WWII, it was common place to eat Tulips there bulbs were often used to make bread and to replace onions in stews, they can even be made into wine !!!

 

 

 

 

thelodgeflowerandcraft web page

Mothering Sunday ……..

With less than two weeks to go we are busy preparing our Mothers’ day flower designs, but don’t worry there’s still time to order your flowers. Traditionally Mothers’ Day was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given the day off to visit their mother and family, often they would collect flowers from the roadside to give to their mother when they reached their home. Today families still get together to celebrate with their mums, in the uk over 30 million cards are sent and its one of the most popular days of the year for sending flowers and eating out.